Eye Candy

Strange Magic

The installation Petra and Tavi created at Space 15 Twenty to mark the end of the Rookie Road Trip. Photos by Avery Hunsberger and Petra, captions by Tavi.


  • rosiesayrelax August 10th, 2012 3:03 PM

    I didn’t know what the floral oval thing was until my sister was like, “It’s a vagina. Stupid.”
    Strange Magic is my favourite ELO song too.

    Rosie Say Relax

    • Cerise August 10th, 2012 4:22 PM

      I love ELO! That’s the first thing I thought of, too. :D

  • Tara August 10th, 2012 3:14 PM

    I am sad that the installation is gone and that I cannot live in it anymore but it was so beautiful. I am so glad you all documented it since my documentation is utterly insufficient (I think my amazement led to thoughts of ‘how am I going to even photograph all of this magic??’)

  • Susann August 10th, 2012 3:15 PM

    What a quirky cool installation – wish I could have seen it myself!

    Fashion in Pepperland

  • kendallkh August 10th, 2012 3:18 PM

    Good Lord. Can this please be my room?

  • FiveDimesForNineLives August 10th, 2012 3:25 PM

    This is Awesome! I wish I could have been there or at least have my room look like that.


  • Narita August 10th, 2012 3:30 PM

    I’m almost crying because of this perfection. I’ve had the whole teen bedroom idea so long and t’s just this, exactly. My life would’ve been so much different without Rookie – I did not have the chance to meet any of you on the Road Trip but Tavi, you’re truly my hero. You know those obsessed fans who tell singers they saved their lives? Tavi, you saved mine. Because of you, and Rookie, and your blog, I got into writing and feminism. Without all that I probably would not have survived stupid angsty teen life. It’s still an everyday struggle, and I totally sound like a creep (I have been creepin’ you on social networks as well – I’m sorry) but you’ve meant so so so much for me in the past and you still do, each day. I’ve been wanting to tell you for so long and here I am.

    • Tavi August 10th, 2012 3:54 PM

      Aw, thank you Narita. The fact that you’re able to get so much out of all this reflects much more on you than me or anyone at Rookie! Also, it’s not creepy to tell someone who clearly puts shit online that you like it. No worries. Wish I could’ve met you on our trip! Hopefully there will be an opportunity in the future.

      • Narita August 10th, 2012 4:13 PM

        Thank you for your reply. <3

    • Cosmo Beatrix August 10th, 2012 4:13 PM

      i 2nd eveything u said, thank you x

  • HollieLillian August 10th, 2012 3:34 PM

    It’s like a dream, ugh. I sooo wish I lived in america and could have gone to see it! I rearranged my room last week though and I’d like to think it emulates this/this emulates it! My mum’s only complaint was that I can’t dust because of all the the shrine like arrangements that I constructed and are haphazardness perched everywhere, oops.


  • mwong1025 August 10th, 2012 3:37 PM

    So sad that I couldn’t see this in person and it’s already been taken down. I’ll trade my bedroom for this one, anytime. Except I would add a lot more fandom-related things, like Harry Potter and Sherlock and Game of Thrones. That stained underwear by the bed is a nice touch, Petra.


  • Haka August 10th, 2012 3:41 PM

    This was such a great post to look at on my birthday :)

  • ToriLynne August 10th, 2012 4:06 PM

    This is the most perfect art installation ever. Ever ever. I still cannot get over Petra’s amazing vagina piece. So glad to see my box in pic 51! These photos are a dream. Every girls fantasy land. Beautiful job. I wish I could have seen in in person!
    xo, Tori

  • Cosmo Beatrix August 10th, 2012 4:07 PM

    I’ve been waiting for this post for soo long to see what the installation turned out like!!
    The title is just perfect i can only imagine walking in and it to be raining glitter

    The concept of girls’ bedrooms becoming our most personal self creation is so real and how you have created the perfect example by piecing together other’s is dreamable.

    The trait of holding on to childhood but everything else naturally delivering your into womanhood is perfectly (again!!!!!!) represented in this installation and the layers and clutterdness add to the confusion.

    So amazing i can’t thank you Tavi and Petra enough and everyone else!<3

  • Tiger August 10th, 2012 4:08 PM

    I LOVE the “I believe in sherlock holmes” in #9…

    • bookworm123 August 10th, 2012 5:08 PM

      I DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE THIS! Proof that Rookies are the best people ever.

    • Whatsername August 10th, 2012 7:38 PM

      Same, as well as the Outsiders reference in #10. Wish I could sign that wall!

  • Nishat August 10th, 2012 4:10 PM

    Also, Petra and I were both on our periods while we were setting all this up. So, there’s that.

    I just needed to put that here, too… because it’s something I would say and people were like ‘whaaat?’ when I quietly laughed at it to myself… Awkward I am.

  • Eryn August 10th, 2012 4:14 PM

    Sigh… Thank god for photos so I can pretend I was there and take in every detail.
    I love you, Rookie!

  • SweetSarahO August 10th, 2012 4:34 PM

    So many memories! I took a few pictures on my iPhone, but there was so much to remember and see that I eventually gave up knowing I’d never encapsulate all of Strange Magic. Glad Petra was able to get every bit of it! I’m totally going to be coming back to this page anytime that I want to remember the BEST WEEK EVER!!!

  • AnguaMarten August 10th, 2012 4:38 PM


    • AlisonWonderland August 10th, 2012 10:16 PM

      I feel you. I love everything here and would like it all in my room now, but I’d like a little more variety in the themes. Bring on the gritty, the macabre, and the desolate! But I guess that’s what fall is for.

    • Sugar August 11th, 2012 4:04 AM

      My thoughts, too.

  • Ninaaa August 10th, 2012 4:44 PM

    so wonderful, like a dream. and makes me instantly want to start covering my room in more stickers and glitter and infinite trinkets.

    tavi i don’t mean to insult your immense pipe cleaner bending skills, but what does it say?

    • pialuna August 11th, 2012 6:07 AM

      I believe it says “origin”.

  • Delilah August 10th, 2012 4:46 PM

    I want to live in this forever


  • Summer August 10th, 2012 4:54 PM

    This is everything I aspire to be

  • GlitterKitty August 10th, 2012 5:29 PM

    Please come to my house and cram all of this into my tiny ass room. Please.

  • Erica August 10th, 2012 5:44 PM

    We’re so proud of you girls yall really did an amazing job!!! Im so honored to be a part of something some beautiful i love ROOKIE

  • Moxx August 10th, 2012 5:51 PM

    Oh, was my candlecat not useful in this? That is too bad. :c

    This is all beautiful, though. I wish I’d been there. Seems like such a dreamy atmosphere.

  • August 10th, 2012 6:33 PM

    I love this so much. I’m actually crying at this very moment because I couldn’t have been there for it. Tavi You are such an inspiration. I love all of this <3 Thank you Rookie I don't know how I could ever have lived without y'all :):):):):):):)

  • Isabellla August 10th, 2012 7:21 PM

    i just love you all so MUCH

  • dianeisnotmyname August 10th, 2012 7:36 PM

    I love Rookie. When I have a crappy day at school or just in general, I can always go home and count on Rookie to have a perfect article or inspirational photoshoot. What you guys do is honestly so inspirational that I’ve decided that I want to write for a publication or website like Rookie when I grow up.
    I love you guys, in the way that you love a complete stranger that you at the same time feel like you know really well, you know?
    Visit DC one day! We have cool stuff.

  • juliette August 10th, 2012 8:29 PM

    It looked so fantastic! Well done

  • darksideoftherainbow August 10th, 2012 8:34 PM

    thank you so so SO much! i have been DYING to see these and have been a total creep trying to track down pics. its so accurate of what, at least for me, being a teenaged girl looked like. excellent and magical!

  • victoria August 10th, 2012 8:35 PM

    ROOKIE IS THE BEST! AH this installation was just so beautiful and I think all the events encapsulated perfectly the VIBES that were needed. I mean, hello, a bunch of teenage girls hanging out together making stuff and bonding and all being AWESOME? strange magic, it is.

    thanks rookies gals making my time in LA such a ~~BLAST~~ ♡♀♡♀♡

  • lula August 10th, 2012 8:36 PM

    i wish i could’ve gone, it all looks so, incredibly lovely. i love rookie!

  • Adrienne August 10th, 2012 9:04 PM

    This is beautiful! I need to redo my room. Every little detail in that space really made the whole room special. :) I just realized I forgot to give you guys my favorite sea turtle figurine at the meet up!

    And oh my god Tavi I laughed so hard from: “Also, Petra and I were both on our periods while we were setting all this up. So, there’s that.”


  • jinxstar5756 August 10th, 2012 9:25 PM

    This is awesome <3
    I was just wondering: I sent something in to you guys over a month ago and I still haven't gotten a response is that normal? Will I even get a response? Sorry hope that comment didn't come of as jerky…

    • Anaheed August 11th, 2012 12:03 AM

      Yes, you will; I’m slowly catching up. SLOWLY! Did you get an autoreply when you sent it?

      • jinxstar5756 August 11th, 2012 9:20 AM

        I don’t think so no. Is that a problem?

        • Moxx August 11th, 2012 7:39 PM

          Oh, hi! I sent a few different stuffs too over a month ago, and I didn’t get an automated response or anything. I thought this was normal, but so am I supposed to have gotten an autoreply too?

          • Anaheed August 11th, 2012 7:50 PM

            Yeah, something’s wrong with our email. We’re figuring it out. Thank you for your patience!

  • Killjoy August 10th, 2012 10:30 PM

    This is so awesome! I wish my bedroom could look this magical!

  • youarebananas August 10th, 2012 11:04 PM

    ah! this makes me happy to be a girl

  • TessAnnesley August 10th, 2012 11:06 PM

    (sing Fleetwood Mac of course)

  • lily m. August 10th, 2012 11:19 PM

    Ahh my life is made! This looks actually lovely and wonderful, Petra and Tavi and everyone. I can’t believe my Leo box (rest in peace Romeo) found a place in the room!
    <3 <3 <3 to all Rookie

  • bridiebird August 10th, 2012 11:44 PM

    i don’t even know how to even what this is just so how even can’t JUST THIS ok

  • ivoire August 10th, 2012 11:52 PM

    i want to tear up at all these wonderful teen bedroom vibes. thank you rookie for doing this, although i couldn’t be there, you guys are just da best and such an inspiration. love you x999991992239123084

  • Iona August 11th, 2012 12:02 AM

    I don’t know whats better… the glorious amounts of fake flowers, the Fleetwood Mac albums or The Outsiders quotes, the glitter… You lovely lasses have made the best shrine to teenage-hood that anyone could ever imagine!

  • sunshine August 11th, 2012 12:09 AM

    Whywhywhy can’t my room be this amazing? I wish I traveled more so I could go around collecting quirky souvenirs from different places! Love the treehouse!


  • guiltfreedonut August 11th, 2012 12:50 AM

    This is all so perfectly beautiful. I saved each of these photos to print out and hang on my walls so I can make this my bedroom… so excited! Wish I could’ve seen it in LA!


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  • Delune August 11th, 2012 2:23 AM

    Fantastic, there’s so much in there to explore! Good vibes. Reminds me of a much more welcoming (less depressing), dreamier version of Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’ sculpture. I would definitely put on a record and brush my hair at that dresser :]
    I dig the treehouse, that’s definitely one of those “childhood things I never had and am bitter about it”, hah.

  • boyfights August 11th, 2012 6:23 AM

    This is sick! I wish I could have been there. That is some straight up brutal pipe-cleaner bending, by the way.

  • Isil August 11th, 2012 12:07 PM

    One of the writings “I believe in Sherlock Holmes” haha, someone who believes in my religion, yay!

  • mayaautumn August 11th, 2012 4:17 PM

    i wish that my bedroom looked like that or at least that i’d been able to see it all in person! oh well!



  • Lucille August 11th, 2012 4:41 PM



  • limegreensunset August 11th, 2012 6:18 PM

    this is so beautiful.

  • whatnaomiloves August 11th, 2012 10:42 PM

    Perfect. You gals did an awesome job!

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  • unefillecommetoi August 12th, 2012 12:02 AM

    I thank life for letting me find Rookie :)

  • TessaTheTeenageWitch August 12th, 2012 12:42 AM

    My goodness, I seriously just shed a tear. I’m not really sure why, but I think it had something to do with the fact that this installation so accurately represents my life, and it is all so perfect. It has this brilliant balance between the childishness that we have grown out of, and the pressures to be older and more mature as we all grow up. The stickers and plastic beads and cubby house and candy mixed with skulls and Petra’s incredible photos from “The Hairless Norm” and the dresser with all it’s virgin mary candles make for something so relate able. I so so so wished I could have seen in in really life, but to be honest I probably would have never left.

  • Jessica W August 12th, 2012 2:53 AM

    Far out this is epic!!

    Can I hire you guys to awesomeify my room? Please?
    I’ll pay you in fun stickers and candy……
    The Lovelorn

  • EvaLavender August 12th, 2012 4:19 AM

    This is just too much to handle!! I wish I could have gone to the installation! I want to cry it’s all so perfect and pretty and inspiring and amazing. I hope Petra/The Ardorous start making posters of their work! I want to cover my walls in all their art!

  • eatingcheese August 12th, 2012 6:29 AM

    If only my room were as beautiful as the one you created *sigh*

  • FlorenceEyre August 12th, 2012 5:11 PM

    I almost cried. But if I really cried, that would be tears of happiness, because it was so powerful idea.
    And I just developed new plan how to spend the rest of my holiday: I am going to turn my room or our whole flat into my private rookie exhibition. I hope my parents wouldn´t mind.

    THANK YOU EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    and, by the way, the most important thing is to believe in Sherlock Holmes, as somebody wrote (picture no.9
    Thank you, sista :D

  • Rhianna August 12th, 2012 5:47 PM

    Was the bed idea in the last shots a homage to Tracy Emin’s ‘The Bed’?

  • TessaTheTeenageWitch August 12th, 2012 6:16 PM

    look at all these tears! perhaps we all have our periods too…

  • Cruicked August 13th, 2012 6:39 PM

    It’s so cool and beautiful. I wish I could’ve been there to see it in person. It sucks living in Scotland right now. I really want to make my bedroom look as much like that installation as possible. It already kind of does but it could be better! I just find this really inspiring. Everyone coming together and making something which represents a lot of what we all care about.

  • Unicourtney August 14th, 2012 6:03 PM

    Hey, Tavi/Petra/Everyone!

    My name’s Courtney, I brought Tavi a Heart record and copy of the parent trap on VHS (to jog your memory), I took photos of the event and asked some questions for my blog, including a -very- short Q&A with Tavi and Petra. The blog post is now up! So, for more photos, and to see what everyone wore, please check out my post!


  • Tambourelle August 14th, 2012 8:05 PM

    So much bedroom inspiration!
    Thank you soooooo much!!!
    ah i <3 Rookie

  • Dayzee August 15th, 2012 1:05 PM

    This is the most impressive thing I have laid eyes on for a few weeks now.

    Thanks for providing lots of inspiration for room decorating. ( I am moving into a bigger room hooray.)

    you people are mind boggling awesomness.

  • exohexohexohohoh August 15th, 2012 6:40 PM

    This is perfection, that’s all i have to say.

  • AdrienneRumer August 24th, 2012 8:32 AM

    This is such a good installation! I’m currently redecorating my bedroom and I basically want this, all of it.

  • RhiaSnape October 9th, 2012 4:58 PM

    Oh my gosh how is this so perfect??? Why can’t this be my room PLEASE?

  • Mary the freak October 20th, 2012 5:53 AM

    This is what the word “perfection” means.

    I am so sad I couldn’t join this road trip – I would have loved to meet all those awesome people.It sucks living in Germany. Are there any Rookies in Germany? Want to meet you, like NOW! I will decorate my bedroom today and I need glitter. And I will just add my zine for Tavi Gevinson (yeah, it’s about her.) to one of those shrines in my thoughts.



  • lauraunicorns June 13th, 2013 10:01 PM

    Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I didn’t see this until just now! It’s beautiful <3